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Sandra Wheeler - Morning - Elden Murray Winner 2015Morning by Sandra Wheeler, 2015 Emil Rueb Award

Thank you for your interest in the 40th Annual Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition at Howe Library!

The Elden Murray Photographic Exhibition and Competition provides Upper Valley amateur photographers with an opportunity to display their work to the public. The exhibition is sponsored by Howe Library with a grant from the Elden Murray Foundation and is coordinated by the Quechee Area Camera Club.

The 2016 exhibit will open with a public reception at Howe Library on Sunday, January 31 from 2-4 pm and the show will continue through February 24. Awards will be presented at the public reception. Winning entries and at least one photograph from each contestant will be displayed during the exhibition as space permits.

If you are interested in submitting your work to this year's show, please read the following rules and other information carefully.

Click here to download a .pdf file with the rules and matting instructions.

Entering the Competition and Picking Up Your Work

All entrants must preregister online at http://bit.ly/eldenmurray2016 between January 1 and January 19. Work that has not been preregistered via this form by January 19 will not be accepted at drop-off. If you need assistance with the form, please contact eldenmurrayphoto@gmail.com or visit Howe Library.

Entries will be received in the Murray Room at Howe Library on Thursday, January 21 from 5-7 pm and Saturday, January 23 from 11 am-12 pm. We cannot accept entries outside of these scheduled times.

All photographs must be picked up on Saturday, February 27 from 1-3 pm or on Wednesday, March 2, from 5-6:30 pm.

Contest Rules

1) All entrants must be amateur (i.e., non-professional) photographers. "Amateur" is defined for these purposes by the photographer, but the final decision will be made by the Elden Murray administration. Please understand we are working hard for amateurs to be able to compete against other amateurs.

2) All work must be by the artist. Specifically, the exposure which forms the basis of the print must have been made, but need not have been printed, by the artist.

3) Further manipulations of the print, if any, must have been made by the artist.

4) A maximum of two works will be accepted from each person. Each entrant may submit photographs in any category.

5) Each photograph must have a title on the entry form.

6) The overall size of each submission, including the matte, cannot be smaller than 5"x7" or larger than 16"x20". One print per matte.

7) All work must be matted - neatly mounted on a standard or foam core mount board. (See matting information at end of rules .pdf.) No framed work will be accepted. Photos mounted in a damaged matte will absolutely not be accepted.

8) Only the title can appear on the front (but the title does not have to be on the front). A label for the back of your photo will be provided for you at drop-off. There must be nothing on either side of the photo which can damage other photos.

9) All photographs which have not previously received Elden Murray honors are acceptable. Immediate family members of judges are welcome to exhibit their photographs but will not be included in the photographs to be judged for awards.

10) As the photos will be displayed in a public library, entrants should keep their entries 'family-friendly' and suitable for viewing by people of all ages. The Elden Murray administration and Howe Library reserve the right not to display entries that are not suited for an all-ages audience.


1) Landscape or Cityscape: "Scenic" images with or without buildings.

2) Animals, birds, insects: Both wild and domestic creatures; includes macros of any creature.

3) People: Portraits both formal and informal, groups, sports and performance events – anything in which the primary interest is the people.

4) Other: Anything that would not fit into the above categories (e.g. still lifes, objects, flowers, gardens, architectural details, abstract/non-representational work, etc.).

5) Photographs taken by people under 18 years of age.

Awards will be given in each category. The Emil Rueb Award will be given to the person whose photograph is selected by library staff to be added to Howe Library's permanent circulating art collection. The Murray Family Award will be given for an outstanding photograph taken by a first-time entrant to the Murray Contest.


The 2016 Murray Competition judges are Kurt Budliger and David Middleton.

More information

The contest administrators may be contacted by e-mailing eldenmurrayphoto@gmail.com.

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